The very nature of racism has existed in every sphere and realm for quite sometime; in music, film, TV, financial services, and media as a workplace, we are often avoiding the true nature of sharing our experiences as Black individuals. But, in my 21 years of living, I’ve never witnessed a more bold, appreciative, and unapologetic Black History Month. Everyone is making moves, even the Queen Bey herself.
Whenever someone comes under harsh scrutiny, it’s easy to lean on the familiar advice of “focus on your own happiness first.” But if the person being examined and criticized on such an intimate level depends mostly on the public’s satisfaction for a living, that advice no longer applies.
The music service that we completely try to ignore is making sure that we don’t forget about them. TIDAL is in the news again but for a completely new reason.
Jay Z’s music platform, in collaboration with Roc Nation, is donating $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other local and national social justice groups.
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I think I want to offer a formal congratulation to everyone who won and was nominated for an NAACP Image Awards. It is super important that African Americans are honored for the work they do on and off the screen, and I am happy that there is at least one day where an award show is quality enough to be for us, by us. With that said, I have mixed feelings about the award show.
Queen Bey literally owned the past 48 hours of everyone’s lives. More importantly though, she used her station as arguably the world’s biggest pop star to address the issues facing Black Americans around the country.
On February 8th, BBC will air a documentary about the life of Misty Copeland, the first Black principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater.
While growing up, most children are told that they can be anything that they want. As a child, I went from wanting to be president to a lawyer in the span of an hour. However, as I got older, I realized that as a Black girl, society believes that you don’t belong in certain roles. As a young woman of color this can be disheartening and isolating. When there are no role models, who are you able to look up to?
When a jury acquitted George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin in 2013, I had only been 21 years old for a week. In that short time, I already brought in the milestone with friends and family on multiple nights full of good times and laughter. As a matter of fact, when I got the news of the acquittal, I was headed home from the Taste of Chicago with a friend after paying way too much for domestic beers all day.
So, tonight’s the night of the NAACP Image Awards.
I don’t know about you, but it’ll be refreshing to see a host of black people in one place that isn’t about protesting…oh wait, yes, it will be. We’re protesting the lack of diversity and Hollywood racism tonight, so it’s time to get it on and popping tonight.
What a month it has already been, and it’s only the fourth day in.
According to the Associated Press, the Smithsonian Institution announced on Monday that the National Museum of African American History and Culture finally has an open date: September 24, 2016.
A further investigation into the Sandra Bland case raises new questions. For those who do not remember, Sandra Bland was the Chicago woman who died last year in a Texas jail cell. The officer who arrested Bland is now charged with a misdemeanor.